By Cari Kraft, Jacobs Management Group

Once again, one of our most popular features. From the sublime to the ridiculous, here are some morning-starters that can perk up a meeting, give your staff inspiration, or just begin the day with a laugh.

What really leads to success?

Surprise—it isn’t luck or money. Here Richard St. John tells you what he’s learned from 500 successful people.

Start your day right.

As we all know, this makes a huge difference in how you spend the next several hours. Here the famous motivational guru Tony Robbins talks to Oprah about his morning.


Admit it. We all do it. Even highly successful Ellen DeGeneres struggles with procrastination. Here’s her hilarious take on how to – maybe – overcome it.

It’s catching.

Like most expressions of emotion, laughter can be contagious. Here’s an update of an old meme that shows it spreading around.

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Cari Kraft leads a team of master level recruiters at Jacobs Management Group, celebrating 20+ years of executive recruiting in the healthcare (pharmaceutical, medical device, biotechnology) and high-tech industries, nationally. Prior to joining Jacobs Management Group, Ms. Kraft has held positions as a Senior Sales Executive, Director of Business Development and Director of Marketing. She also has deep knowledge of the technology/startup fields, having been in the industry through the rise of the Internet. Ms. Kraft is a University of Pennsylvania/Wharton alumnus holding a degree in economics and decision sciences. Cari can be reached at


What really leads to success? Richard St. John shares the secrets


Start your day right. Tony Robbins on how he spends his mornings.


Procrasti…nation. Ellen DeGeneres struggles to overcome her own distraction.


It’s catching. Laughter, the best medicine.



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